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SEAWA hosting Urban Sustainability Forum

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Officials with the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA) are hoping for good attendance at the upcoming Urban Sustainability Forum, but the registration deadline is creeping up quickly.


The forum is set for Nov. 4 at Medicine Hat College in the Lecture Theatre. The event will start at 8 a.m. with registration and the day will finish up at 3 p.m.
Speakers from the City of Medicine Hat, City of Calgary and University of Calgary have been invited to take part.
“The majority of the population of our watershed, about 60,000 people, are concentrated in the City of Medicine Hat and Redcliff,” points out Marilou Montemayor, executive director SEAWA, about why the group chose to hold an urban-focused sustainability forum to start.
SEAWA officials also thought the forum’s subject matter dovetailed nicely with information presented at the spring annual general meeting earlier this year about the City of Medicine Hat’s environmental roadmap.
“We need to hear those new ideas and trends and be aware of what is happening with urban designs and environmental sustainability,” adds Montemayor.
Attendees will have the chance to listen to experts on the subject matter.
“It’s a great opportunity for knowledge sharing,” she adds.
Some of the topics that day will include multiple-purpose buildings and green spaces and how to design a sustainable city so expansion isn’t done in a harmful or unnecessary way.
There will also be discussion around sustainability and transportation, which is timely considering the debate around energy resources.
“The City of Calgary has a multi-faceted approach to sustainability in wastewater treatment, drinking water supply and recreational (aspects),” adds Montemayor. “I think there’s going to be so much to learn.”
The forum is free to attend, but organizers are asking people to register by Oct. 26 as lunch will be provided.
That can be done at seawa.eventbrite.ca or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Donations to help cover the costs of these kinds of events, as well as for other outreach activities are also welcomed by SEAWA officials.
The agenda for the day will be posted online at: www.seawa.ca/whats-new.
SEAWA is just one Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) in Alberta. One of the main goals for a WPAC is information sharing, educating and creating awareness around watershed issues.
“Usually, WPACs hold forums a few times a year,” explains Montemayor. “This time (the focus is) urban. Next time, (likely) in the spring, it will be a rural theme.”

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